LUCKNOW: In what is being seen as the first step towards formal merger of Shivpal Yadav-led Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party – Lohia (PSP-L) with Samajwadi Party, Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday presented the SP flag to Shivpal which was later placed on his SUV during a press conference in Saifai.
Thereafter, Shivpal announced that his party will now always bear the SP flag.
After Akhilesh Yadav presented the SP flag to uncle Shivpal, the latter’s son Adtiya Yadav – who is PSP-L state president – placed it on the flag metal rod of his father’s car bonnet.
Thereafter, Shivpal announced: “Ab meri gaadi par SaPa ka hi jhanda rahega (Now my car will bear SP flag only)” as party workers cheered.
The development came shortly after SP candidate Dimple Yadav gained a massive lead of over two lakh votes in the Mainpuri Lok Sabha bypoll of which a lead of over one lakh votes came from Jaswantnagar assembly segment alone – the constituency that Shivpal represents in the state assembly.
Later, they posted photographs of the event on Twitter.
Amid ups and downs in their relations, ‘chacha-bhatija’ (Shivpal Yadav and nephew Akhilesh Yadav) came together to ensure the victory of Dimple Yadav in the bypoll necessitated after the demise of SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav.

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